As the population of Singapore ages, the number of people with missing, decayed, or problematic teeth becomes more noticeable. According to a recent review by the Straits Times, there is no reason for adults of any age to suffer with broken or misaligned teeth. Thanks to advances in the area of dental implants, bridges, and dentures, Singapore’s citizens— old, young, or middle-aged— can enjoy the power of having a great smile.

The Importance of Informed Choice

Before committing to any of the available options, patients need to discuss all of those choices with their dentist in Singapore, according to advice from Dr Tay Chong Meng. He works as an associate consultant at the University Dental Cluster, at the National University Hospital.

The options to which Dr. Tay refers include different kinds of implants and dentures, such as the all-on-four, full dentures, bridges, or individual implants. The condition of the teeth, the recommendation of the Singapore dentist, and the patient’s preference and lifestyle are all factors in making this important decision.

Dentures

Dentures are the most comprehensive and dramatic solution. Partial dentures replace many of your current teeth; full dentures replace all of them. Basically, with full dentures, any remaining teeth you have will be removed, and your mouth will be bare gums. When the dentures are in place, you will appear to have a full set of healthy, natural-looking teeth.

For elderly patients who can no longer handle floss or a toothbrush very well, dentures are often a convenient option. They do sometimes affect how the patient pronounces words or the way the mouth feels. The ability to taste food may also be lessened a bit. As the body ages, the jawbone changes, and the dentures become loose; so dentures must be replaced with new ones every five to ten years. The cost for dentures ranges from $400 to $5,000 depending on the subsidies available to the patient.

Bridges

If you are missing one or more teeth in the same area, a bridge is an easy way to correct the problem. The bridge is anchored to the remaining teeth. Some people like the convenience of a bridge, but others balk at the procedure because it involves filing down the two adjacent, healthy teeth, which is unfortunate. A bridge can cost around $2,000 to $7,000.

All-On-Four

For people who need full dentures, another installation option is the “all-on-four” method. All of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw are removed, and four implants are inserted. Attached to those four implants, the dentist installs a full set of non-removable replacement teeth. This procedure can be tricky, since the dentist must achieve the right angle with the four implants so that the full set of teeth is properly installed. According to Dr. Tay, “All-On-Four treatment is a complex dental rehabilitative procedure best handled by a team of prosthodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons and periodontists.” This treatment costs between $20,000 and $30,000 per jaw.

Dental Implants

If you are missing just one or two teeth, and you’d like to preserve your other healthy teeth, dental implants in Singapore may be the right choice for you. The roots of dental implants are usually crafted from titanium, an extremely durable metal. The crown, or the visible portion of the implant, looks just like one of your other teeth. These teeth aren’t removable; they are permanently installed, rooted in your jaw, and designed to function just like normal teeth.

If you smoke a lot or have diabetes or a bone condition, dental implants may not be right for you, since your jawbone may not fuse correctly with the root of the implant. However, for many people, a dental implant is a comfortable, attractive long-term solution for the gaps in their smiles. The cost ranges from $3,000 to $8,000 for one tooth.

If you have concerns about your teeth, contact Orchard Scotts Dental right away. We’ll take a look at your teeth, present the options, and recommend a course of treatment. With expert advice from one of the best dental clinics in Singapore, you’ll be on the path to better oral health in no time.

Source: Straits Times, 8 Nov, 2016